White wine as healthy as red: study
Flesh of grapes is equally cardio protective as red wines and red grape juice, which are considered the most heart healthy.Updated: Jan 11, 2007 17:54 IST
Scientists say that they have evidence that proves that white wine is as healthy as red wine. The study proves that that the flesh of grapes is equally cardio protective with respect to the skins, thereby challenging the conventional belief that red wines and red grape juice are the most heart healthy.
“Although further study is needed to identify the principle ingredients responsible for the cardio protective abilities of the grape flesh, to the best of our knowledge, our study provides evidence for the first time that the flesh of grapes is equally cardio protective with respect to the skins,” wrote the researchers in the American Chemical Society Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry.
Past studies have indicated that the cardio protective compounds in grapes — polyphenolic antioxidants — reside in the skin and seeds. Grape skins, which contain purple pigment, are crushed with the pulp to make red wines. But the skins are separated from the pulp to make most white wine.
Dipak K. Das, of the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, headed the study. It was done with colleagues form the University of Milan and several other research institutes in Italy.
First Published: Jan 11, 2007 13:09 IST